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Made to Break: Trebuchet Made to Break:
Trebuchet

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eighth release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

Bayle, Francois: Tremblements [VINYL] Bayle, Francois:
Tremblements [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- Austria )

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Electroacoustic composer Francois Bayle, a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and who worked with Stockhausen and Messiaen, in two 2-part compositions from 1978 and 1979, acousmatic music of mysterious sound sources that are presented with impressive pacing, tension and drama, using a rich and diverse palette of sound.

Hammill, Peter: From The Trees Hammill, Peter:
From The Trees

(Fie! Records -- UK )

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Peter Hammill continues his immense solo career, intricately linked to his work with Van Der Graaf Generator, but more focused in intelligent lyrics, profound vocal layering, and fluid song structures, a unique voice who for more than 35 studio albums has developed an approach to songwriting and intellectual observation of subtle sophistication and detail.

Sista Maj: Series Of Nested Universes [2 CDs] Sista Maj:
Series Of Nested Universes [2 CDs]

(Space Rock Productions -- E.U. )

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Organized by Camper van Beethoven violinist Johan Segal, Sista Maj is an instrumental psychedelic rock trio with Mikael Tuominen on bass, baritone guitar and sitar, and Andreas Axelsson on drums and percussion, with Segal also on organ, electric guitar, synth and bass, for a double CD exploring sophisticated heavy electric rock, jazz, hypnotic, and space music.

Musicianer (Sinton / Ajemian / Taylor): Slow Learner Musicianer (Sinton / Ajemian / Taylor):
Slow Learner

(Iluso -- USA )

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Sidney Bechet referred to fellow musician as "musicianers", the title for New York baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's trio with Jason Ajemian on acoustic bass and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion, in an outstandingly creative and compelling album of modern jazz showing the strong links between these three, dating back to their work together in Chicago in the 80s.

Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki): Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32 Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki):
Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The final album from John Zorn's "Book of Angels" series presenting Zorn's Masada compositions, here with 10 previously unrecorded compositions from "Masada Book Two" performed by NY guitarist Mary Halvorson in a quartet with Drew Gress on bass, Tomas Fujiwara on drums, and Miles Okazaki on guitar, in an album of joyfully exciting and melodic improvisations.

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin (1968) [2017 REISSUE] Spontaneous Music Ensemble:
Karyobin (1968) [2017 REISSUE]

(Emanem -- Spain )

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The 2nd SME record to be issued, a 1968 classic of free improvisation as the quintet of John Stevens, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland, and Kenny Wheeler, the 1st SME to feature their new organisational method, here remastered with far superior sound and balance than previous issues, with new notes by Evan Parker, Dave Holland and Martin Davidson plus session photos.

Bynum, Taylor Ho : Enter the Plustet [VINYL] Bynum, Taylor Ho :
Enter the Plustet [VINYL]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum draws on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration to deconstructed fanfares, with a large 15 member ensemble of impressive improvisers embodying a diversity of generations, backgrounds, ethnicities, and gender, presenting three large scale compositions that are ambitious and wonderfully accomplished.

Halvorson, Mary: Away With You [VINYL 2 LPs] Halvorson, Mary:
Away With You [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Mary Halvorson continues her string of excellent modern jazz albums with this octet release with fellow guitarist Susan Alcorn, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon & Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums).

Fujiwara, Tomas : Triple Double Fujiwara, Tomas :
Triple Double

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's sextet is actually two trios interacting, with fellow drummer Gerald Cleaver, both Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitar, and Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet and Ralph Alessi on trumpet, the pairings forming unisons and contrasts that add an unrestrained sense of enthusiasm and excitement to Fujiwara's sophisticated compositions.

Petit, Didier : D'Accord Petit, Didier :
D'Accord

(RogueArt -- France )

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An absolutely phenomenal example of free improvisation, both on cello and on voice, from French improviser Didier Petite performing live at La Plantation, in Beijing, China in 2016, showing profoundly great skill, a fount of creative impulse and ideas, and wonderfully idiosyncratic vocals and songs to accompany himself; an inspiring and delightful record.

Braxton, Anthony : Solo (Victoriaville) 2017 Braxton, Anthony :
Solo (Victoriaville) 2017

(Victo -- Canada )

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On the 30th anniversary of the Victo Festival Anthony Braxton took to the stage for a magnificent solo performance on the alto sax, performing 8 spontaneous compositions and an 8+ minute version of "Body and Soul", seamlessly crossing lyrical and complex approaches to the horn using his unique intervallic, trimbral and diagrammatic language, a stunning and embraceable accomplishment.

Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks Third Coast Ensemble:
Wrecks

(RogueArt -- Austria )

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Merging France's Nautilis Ensemble with musicians from Chicago created this large improvising orchestra, here in a new suite composed by Rob Mazurek and dedicated to Great Lake Michigan and the devestation of thousands of shipwrecks over many centuries, using historical data, first hand accounts of shipwrecks off both shores, magical realism and steampunk aesthetics.

Large Unit: Fluku Large Unit:
Fluku

(PNL -- Norway )

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The 3rd album from Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band Large Unit, here in a 12-member configuration, adding saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts (Starlite Motel, Cortex) to the band, in an album centered on Nillsen-Love's penned title track "Fluku", and the equally impressive "Playgo", large complex works that showcase the group's collective and individual voices.

Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air And Light And Time And Space Pan-Scan Ensemble:
Air And Light And Time And Space

(PNL -- Norway )

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"Pan-Scan" refers to pan-Scandinavian, and the nine players on this thrilling and joyful recordings are all of that origin, performing live at Blow Out in Mir, Oslo, Norway in 2016, including both Lotte Anker and Ann Hogberg on sax, Thomas Johansson, Emil Stranberg and Goran Kajfes on trumpet, Sten Sandell on piano, and Paal Nilssen-Love and Stale Liavik on drums.

Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Houdan Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
The Houdan

(FMR -- UK )

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A live recording from Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017 between frequent collaborators, Norwegian improviser Frode Gjerstad on reeds and Chicago improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, their second FMR album as a duo, alongside their work in the Cello Quartet and VCDC, showing the progression of their dynamic and fascinating dialog.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: The Word For it Now Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra:
The Word For it Now

(FMR -- UK )

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Recordings from the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival in Scotland recorded in 2013 & 2015, the 20+ piece orchestra blending acoustic, electronic and vocal instruments into incredibly diverse and rich compositions, here presenting "A Peculiar Slumber" I & II, and the impressive and large work "A Bit in the Air", both exploring words and loss of control.

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert: Out Of Silence Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert:
Out Of Silence

(FMR -- UK )

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Freely improvised music from the masterful duo of Canadian saxophonist Fracois Carrier and drummer/percussionist Michel Lambert, performing live at Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington, London in 2015, seven tracks showing the depth of discussion between these two long collaborating musicians, supporting and pushing each other to great heights.

Braxton, Anthony : Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs] Braxton, Anthony :
Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]

(Hatology -- Austria )

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Reissuing and remastering the two studio albums from the 1992 4-CD boxset of Anthony Braxton's Quartet with Marily Crispell (piano), Mark Dresser (double bass) and Gerry Hemingway (drums & marimba) recording in Willisau, Switzerland, realizing 10 Braxton numbered compositions with masterful skill and virtuosity, an exceptional set of modern jazz.

Melford, Myra Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2 Melford, Myra Trio:
Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2

(Hatology -- Austria )

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The much-anticipated 2nd volume in pianist Myra Melford's series of live performances, "Alive In The House Of Saints", documenting sublimely beautiful and innovative playing with her trio of Lindsey Horner on bass and jazz legend Reggie Nicholson on drums, performing live in two concerts in Germany in 1993.

Insub Meta Orchestra: 13 & 27 Insub Meta Orchestra:
13 & 27

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Coordinated and composed by d'incise and Cyril Bondi, this incredible Swiss-based collective of 30 to 40 experimental musicians was founded in 2010 and has presented concerts and recordings since; this CD presents two works, "13 unissons" splitting the orchestra into 13 subgroups; and "27 times" where each musician plays 27 times in 30 minutes; phenomenal.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Paint Mostly Other People Do the Killing:
Paint

(Hot Cup -- USA )

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The first release by the piano trio configuration of Mostly Other People Do the Killing features bassist/composer Moppa Elliott, pianist Ron Stabinsky, and drummer Kevin Shea, with each composition named after a small town in Pennsylvania that contains a color, and the town of "Paint, PA" lent its name to the title, with one apt Duke Ellington cover.

Borderlands Trio (Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson): Asteroidea Borderlands Trio (Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson):
Asteroidea

(Intakt -- Austria )

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The New York collective trio of bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Eric McPherson focuses on starfish (asteroida), which can regenerate lost sections of itself, as this band creates highly focused group compositions that use melodic elements as rhythm and vice versa, recontextualizing and transforming their confident and masterful playing.

Various Artists: Asian Meeting Recordings #1 Various Artists:
Asian Meeting Recordings #1

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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Otomo Yoshihide started The Asian Meeting Festival in 2005 to foster creative interaction between Japanese and other Asian musicians, since 2014 curated by DJ Sniff, and here in the 2017 edition at GOK Sound, in Tokyo, Japan with a who's-who of players including Yoshihide, Ryoko Ono, Ko Ishikawa, Son X, KEITO, Yuji Ishihara, Yuen Chee Wai, &c. &c.

Roligheten (Roligheten / Loseth / Strom / Nylander): Homegrown Roligheten (Roligheten / Loseth / Strom / Nylander):
Homegrown

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Andre Roligheten leads his quartet with Adrian Loseth Waade on violin, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Erik Nylander on drums and percussion through 7 original compositions and Ornette Coleman's "Kathleen Gray", writing for the players, particularly the combination of sax and violin, and the flexibility of a chordless quartet.

Hocevar, Dre : Surface Of Inscription Hocevar, Dre :
Surface Of Inscription

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Composer and drummer Dre Hocevar brings an unusual sense of unity, logic and purpose to his improvised work resulting from a number of distinct compositional procedures, performed by vocalist Charmaine Lee, pianist Elias Stemeseder, brass player Weston Olencki reedist Michael Foster, and electronics artist Bernardo Barros, a unique and rewarding album.

Slow Is Possible (Pontiifice / Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Santos Dias / Sousa): Moonwatchers Slow Is Possible (Pontiifice / Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Santos Dias / Sousa):
Moonwatchers

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A stunningly beautiful album of langurous jazz from a sextet collective of young Portuguese musicians, self-described as a chamber band for the new century, in their 2nd album using melodic elements alongside classical contemporay music, post-rock, alternative metal, intelligent pop, free improvisation and more, creating a rich and embraceable music.

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music Cortex:
Avant-Garde Party Music

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Cortex propels their persuasive, groove oriented approach to jazz with this swinging album that blends free jazz styles with great hard bop, in line with a band like The Thing, this Scandinavian group wants to make your body move without indulging in excess or pandering, instead following a muse that's solidly in the exuberant free jazz tradition.

Travassos: Life Is A Simple Mess [BOOK + CD] Travassos:
Life Is A Simple Mess [BOOK + CD]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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A fascinating book of artwork from Clean Feed visual designer and electronic improviser Travassos, with perceptive text from Nate Wooley punctuating the imagery, plus an accompanying CD with audio work ranging from improv to electroacoustic from bands with Travassos as a member: One Eye Project, Pinkdraft, Pao, Fluke, Iff + Travassos, and Big Bold Back Bone.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk Smith, Wadada Leo:
Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk

(Tum -- Finland )

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An intimate album of solo trumpet from Wadada Leo Smith, performing compositions by Thelonious Monk, Smith professing in an essay in the accompanying booklet that he was motivated to become a composer by Monk above other contemporaries for his ideas of composition and bands; his admiration and love of Monk's work is clear in this beautifully lyrical album.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Najwa Smith, Wadada Leo:
Najwa

(Tum -- Finland )

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Paying tribute to musicians whose vision paved the way for modern creative players to use new approaches, language and philosophy in improvisation, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's band with four guitarists, electric bass, drums and percussion dedicates five incredible compositions to Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Billie Holiday.

Feldman, Morton: Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS] Feldman, Morton:
Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS]

(Hat [now] ART -- Sweden )

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Two substantial works for solo piano from late composer Morton Feldman, performed by Dutch avant-garde pianist John Snijders; "Triad Memories" is presented in two sections over 2 CDs, following Feldmans's socre, Snijders holding the sustain pedal halfway down for unusual harmonic decay, while "Piano" exploring permutations in a work of suspended time and motion.

Dresser, Mark : Modicana [VINYL] Dresser, Mark :
Modicana [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Double Bassist Mark Dresser, a mainstay of the Downtown NY scene as an improviser and composer, and also prominent on the US West Coast and as an international touring artist, releases a powerful album of distinctive solo playing, both technically and melodically, with 2 tracks caught live at the Umea Jazz Festival and others recorded at the University of California, San Diego.

Lamb, Andrew / Warren Smith / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: The Sea of Modicum [VINYL] Lamb, Andrew / Warren Smith / Arkadijus Gotesmanas:
The Sea of Modicum [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Captured live at the 2016 Vilnius Jazz Festival, the free jazz trio of saxophonist Andrew Lamb and percussionists Warren Smith and Arkadijus Gotesmanas provide a unique orchestration, with the percussionists building rhythmic structures over which AACM alumni Lamb's powerful saxophone work emerges; a great album of solid exploratory free jazz.

Gibson, Yedo / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: CHAIN Gibson, Yedo / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla:
CHAIN

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A fiery and energetic album of masterful free jazz from Brazilian saxophonist Yedo Gibson, Portuguese-Brazilian drummer and percussionist Vasco Trilla, and Portuguese bass player Hernani Faustino (Red Trio, K4 Quadrado Azul), recording in the studio for 6 dynamic dialogs that uses a variety of approaches and references to free jazz and creative improv.

Schweizer, Irene / Joey Baron : Live! Schweizer, Irene / Joey Baron :
Live!

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Two generations and two monumental masters of free improvisation from Europe and New York joined together at the unerhort!-Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich in 2015 to unleash this technically awesome and ebullient duo in a fantastic concert of dynamic power, lyrical insight, intense rhythmic support and counterpoint, and profound musical ideas; incredible!

Kemp, Alice: Fill My Body With Flowers And Rice [VINYL] Kemp, Alice:
Fill My Body With Flowers And Rice [VINYL]

(Fragment Factory -- E.U. )

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Sound composer and multi-disciplinary artist Alice Kemp's first full length vinyl album is a mysterious and beautifully paced release blending acoustic and electronic sources, field recordings, voice and inexplicable sound to create dream-like sonic environments, subtle and suggestive sound that contains clues of ritual, longing, and beauty.

Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly): Cochonnerie Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly):
Cochonnerie

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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13 years playing together and releasing this, their 8th album, the Chicago quartet of Dave Rempis on sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric bass, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Tim Daisy on drums, are captured live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago for three awe-inspiring collective improvisations of great energy, resolution, and focus.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori: Aspiration Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori:
Aspiration

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii's "Aspiration" brings together four masterful improvisers and innovators--trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Natsuki Tamura, and Downtown NY laptop player Ikue Mori--for an album of exciting and exceptional free playing over compositions from Fujii, Tamura, and one collective composition, a brilliant pinnacle of creative music.

Wooley, Nate: Battle Pieces 2 Wooley, Nate:
Battle Pieces 2

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Commissioned by Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation, trumpeter Nate Wooley developed a modular compositional structure of small melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, conceptual, textural, and timbral fragments, allowing Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), and Matt Moran (Vibes) exceptional freedom in improvisation, here in their 2nd recording live at Koeln's Loft.

Stein, Jason Quartet: Lucille! Stein, Jason Quartet:
Lucille!

(Delmark -- USA )

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Bass clarinetist Jason Stein draws from the work of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano plus original compositions, with his quartet of Chicago peers Keefe Jackson (tenor sax & contrabass clarinet) and Joshua Abrams (bass) and NY drummer Tom Rainey, in enthusiastically energetic and lyrical music that uses modern creative skills to look forward and back.

Myers, David Lee: Superpositions [CASSETTE with Download Code] Myers, David Lee:
Superpositions [CASSETTE with Download Code]

(Cronica -- USA )

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David Lee Myers, AKA Arcane Device, explores feedback in its most beautiful forms, over decades developing systems to capture the microscopic edges of errant signals and convert them into lovely long tones, using a series of matrix mixers to manipulate them in real time, creating works of fragile charm, impressive interstices of rhythm, and gorgeous melodic nodes.

Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier): Obelisk Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier):
Obelisk

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Ikue Mori's Obelisk project brings together her unique electronics with Downtown Scene key players, Jim Black on drums, Okkyung Lee on cello, and Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, an album driven by Mori's melodic compositions that take unexpected twists and turns in dramatic and lyrical playing, Mori's electronics bringing an exotic charm and ringing beauty to her works.

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Jamal Moss / Jean-Francois Pauvros: plays Tristan Tzara : L'homme Approximatif Foussat, Jean-Marc / Jamal Moss / Jean-Francois Pauvros:
plays Tristan Tzara : L'homme Approximatif [VINYL]

(Fou Records -- France )

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An album of spoken word and sound, Jean-Francois Pauvros reads from Tristan Tzara's "L'homme Approximatif" (The Approximate Man) over flutes from Chicago producer and flautist Jamal Moss, AKA Hieroglyphic Being, and Jean-Marc Foussat on synth and voice, a mysterious album of subtle insinuation with an intriguing underpinning of electroacoustic sound.

Suzuki, Akio / John Butcher: Immediate Landscapes Suzuki, Akio / John Butcher:
Immediate Landscapes

(Ftarri -- Japan )

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At the same event in Scotland that John Butcher recorded his excellent "Resonant Spaces" album, he also joined forces with sound artist Akio Suzuki on a variety of objects and sound devices to record the first 5 tracks of this unusual album of very free improv, the last track by the duo recording at the 2015 Ftarri Festival at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo.

Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing: Baby Talk Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing:
Baby Talk

(The Thing Records -- Austria )

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The Thing with Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric and double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion, are joined by Downtown NY legend, guitarist James Blood Ulmer, for a live set at the Moldel International Jazz Festival in 2015 performing an exuberant and all-out impressive set of Ulmer composions.

Wolff, Christian / Eddie Prevost: Uncertain Outcomes [2 CDs] Wolff, Christian / Eddie Prevost:
Uncertain Outcomes [2 CDs]

(Matchless -- UK )

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Two concerts of experimental improvisation from two giants of conceptual improvisation and composition, recorded at IKLECTIK in London in 2015 and at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2016; with superb pacing and brilliant execution, these dialogs between keyboard and percussive instruments explore unique sound worlds with depth, inquisitiveness, and a sense of wonder.

Taylor, Hollis: Absolute Bird [2 CDs] Taylor, Hollis:
Absolute Bird [2 CDs]

(ReR Megacorp -- UK )

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An unusual and distinctive record from violinist and ornithologist Hollis Taylor, a book with 2 CDS presenting 41 tracks of recordings of the Australian pied butcherbird, each track pairing a bird, environmental sound, and a single instrumentalist, with an impressive list of performers who take unique approaches to the challenge of accompanying a bird.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Intermetallic Compounds Metal Chaos Ensemble:
Intermetallic Compounds

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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A massive and metallic improvisation from the Boston area trio of David Peck, Andria Nicodemou, and Yuri Zbitnoff, using metal, drums, bells, aquasonic, daxophone, guzheng, vibes, bells, sax, clarinet and reeds in an intense journey that absorbs the listener and then draws them into a turbulent world of active sound, receding again at journey's end; amazing.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Expanding Universe Leap of Faith Orchestra:
The Expanding Universe

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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The Leap of Faith Orchestra is a large improvisation ensemble comprised of 5 ub-units--Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, String Theory, Turbulence, and the New Language Collaborative--all assembled here for a massive and far-ranging experience, scored with time indices and English language descriptions by leader David Peck; dense and spectacular.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: Supernovae Leap of Faith Orchestra:
Supernovae

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Boston area composer and multi-instrumentalist David Peck developed a unique approach to scoring for this large and idiosyncratic ensemble, referred to as Frame Notation, giving descriptions of sonority, time scale, events, playing occurrences, &c, leaving a great deal of freedom for these extraordinary musicians, as borne out in their incredible and extended performance.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: Possible Universes Leap of Faith Orchestra:
Possible Universes

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Started in 1995 as an interdisciplinary unit of improvisational artists led by Boston area reedist/multi-instrumentalist David Peck and cellist Glynis Lomon, exploring multi-phonics, glissando, microtones, graphic & descriptive scores, and extended techniques, expanding the ensemble with like-minded musicians, here in this 2017 recording of full 24-piece orchestra.

Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli): This Is Not The Ant Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli):
This Is Not The Ant

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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An extremely balanced group of electroacoustic improvisers, Kai Fagaschinski on clarinet and Liz Allbee on trumpet make up the acoustic side, though sounding as electronic and other-worldly as Billy Roisz on e-bass and electronics and Marta Zapparoli on reel-to-reel tapes and tape machines, creating incredibly wide-ranging and psychedelic sonic environments.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues : Skiagraphia Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues :
Skiagraphia

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three label leaders come together for an album of free electroacoustic improvisation--Thanos Chrysakis (Aural Terrains); Kurt Liedwart (Mikroton); Ernesto Rodrigues (Creative Sources), with Nuno Torres on sax--for an extended dialog built of exotic and microscopic sound, string aberrations, and reed abnormalities; exceptional.

Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho): Vulgaris Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho):
Vulgaris

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Correctly configured, the Portugese ensemble Octopus is an octet, and though named after the most common of the breed, this 8-tentacled orchestration of strings, flute, trumpet, piano, guitar, electronics and percussion, all using extended techniques, slides deftly and with incredible restraint through a large, detailed dark-water work of electroacoustic improvisation.

Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott: Trialectics Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott:
Trialectics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Active and exciting electroacoustic improvisation with a strong emphasis on the electronics from Richard Scott and his uniquely developed modular synthesizer, from this Berlin-based collective trio with double bassist Alexander Frangenheim and trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, exploring Trialectics, a complex system of 21st century thought and formal logic.

Graewe, Georg / Mark Sanders: Affretando Graewe, Georg / Mark Sanders:
Affretando

(Confront -- UK )

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Working together since 1995 as a duo, and in The George Graewe Quintet, the Frisque Concordance Quartet, and in groupings with Evan Parker, Gail Brand, Paul Dunmall, and John Edwards, heard here at the essence of their collaboration, captured live at the 21st Jazz Cerkno Festival in Sloveniain, 2016, for a sophisticated and intricate dialog of lyrical free improvisation.

Jeck, Philip: Iklectik Jeck, Philip:
Iklectik

(Touch -- UK )

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Named for the IKLECTIK performance space in London, England, Jeck's four part piece creates beautiful atmospheric passages which transition with field recordings, muted spoken word, symphonic-like passages, and other obscure sources, occasionally increasing in assertiveness but never leaving an exotic dream state of beautiful tonal environments.

Buck, Tony: Unearth Buck, Tony:
Unearth

(Room40 -- Australia )

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Starting from nearly inaudible rumbling, Necks percussionist Tony Buck takes his listeners on a wild ride of sound, from quiet moments of introspective sound onto the densest potency, slowly unfolding his detailed journey in rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and concrete additions, like an impressive storm brewing until it slowly overwhelms you.

Haco: Qoosui Haco:
Qoosui

(Someone Good / Room40 -- Australia )

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An hypnotic, lush and beautiful album of sound and lilting voice from Japanese vocalist and electronic experimenter Haco (After Dinner), seven songs of subtle sophistication that create dreamlike environments of floating tones and invoking voice, refined from decades of experimentation and investigation to yield this enchanting album.

Lacy, Steve: Free for a Minute (1966-72) [2 CDs] Lacy, Steve:
Free for a Minute (1966-72) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- UK )

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Four sessions on a 2 CD set, all featuring Steve Lacy and Kent Carter: (1) DISPOSABILITY, the 1965 trio record with Aldo Romano of jazz standards, originals and free improv; (2) SORTIE, the 1966 free improv quartet + Enrico Rava album; (3) previously unissued 1967 'Free Fall' Film Cues in a quintet with Rava, Karl Berger, & Paul Motian; (4) two never issued '72 quintet pieces with Steve Potts, Irene Aebi on cello and Noel Mcghie.

Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud [VINYL] Boneshaker:
Thinking Out Loud [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog.

Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love /  Kent Kessler): Thinking Out Loud Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler):
Thinking Out Loud

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog.

Deep Tide Quartet (Archer / Macari / Cole / Shaw): See One, Do One, Teach One Deep Tide Quartet (Archer / Macari / Cole / Shaw):
See One, Do One, Teach One

(Discus -- UK )

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Originally a studio project, The UK Deep Tide Trio of Martin Archer on sax, Kim Macari on trumpet, Laura Cole on piano and Walt Shaw on percussion & live electronics evolved into a performing organization based on the strength of their open-ended approach to free jazz and improvisation, heard here balancing melody and structure in well-paced and thoughtful improv.

Butcher, John / John Edwards / Mark Sanders: Last Dream Of The Morning Butcher, John / John Edwards / Mark Sanders:
Last Dream Of The Morning

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A studio album between three UK master improvisers -- John Butcher on sax, John Edwards on double bass, and Mark Sanders on drums -- the trio pushing the envelope in technique and dialog in nearly telepathic playing that transports the listener into their environment, as the music builds and releases in effortless ways that are stunning and exulant; highly recommended.

Filosofer: Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL] Filosofer:
Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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An hallucinogenic and commanding blending of improvisation, song, spoken word, and tonal/timbral music from double bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen's Filosofer, creating beautiful sonic environments out of which voice and message emerge and submerge, buoyed by a string quartet (two violins and two double basses), computers, turntables, synths and samplers.

Filosofer : Landet Er Gitt Oss Filosofer :
Landet Er Gitt Oss

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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An hallucinogenic and commanding blending of improvisation, song, spoken word, and tonal/timbral music from double bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen's Filosofer, creating beautiful sonic environments out of which voice and message emerge and submerge, buoyed by a string quartet (two violins and two double basses), computers, turntables, synths and samplers.

Carl, Rudiger Inc.: King Alcohol (New Version) [2 CDs] Carl, Rudiger Inc.:
King Alcohol (New Version) [2 CDs]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The debut album of Rudiger Carl is an assertive studio session of brilliant free jazz from 1972, with Carl on tenor saxophone, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Schonenberg on drums, presenting a great example of early European Free Improv, remastered from the original tapes and issued on CD for the first time, with a 2nd CD of previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Reichel, Hans: Wichlinghauser Blues Reichel, Hans:
Wichlinghauser Blues

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The debut LP by legendary German guitar improvisor and instrument inventor Hans Reichel, an incredible display of brilliant playing, both technically and by approach, playing on acoustic and unfiltered electric guitars, originally issued on FMP in 1973, here re-mastered from the original tapes and retaining the original design; highly recommended.

Reichel, Hans: Bonobo Reichel, Hans:
Bonobo

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Second LP in the catalog of German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel (1949-2011), a program of microtonal string investigations that is still beguiling and fresh four decades later, originally released on FMP in 1976, with a great album cover from Reichel demonstrating how he created his neck-to-neck guitar; absolutely impressive and essential.

Mitchell, Nicole: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds Mitchell, Nicole:
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

(FPE Records -- USA )

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The second astounding album from Chicago Flutist Nicole Mitchell on the FPE label, continuing her project in the sphere of Sun Ra and Afrofuturists, merging fiction, fantasy and sound in an electro-chamber octet, encompassing contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, avant-rock, spoken word, and funk-inspired groove research.

Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford): Kontakte Trio Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford):
Kontakte Trio

(FMR -- UK )

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An important and well-matched trio of electroacoustic improvisers, and a welcome addition to guitarist Ian Brighton's return to active music life, with Steve Beresford on piano, prepared piano and electronics, and Trevor Taylor (Circuit) on percussion and electronics, six unhurried improvisations of intricate interplay and interchange themed on physics.

Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders: Live in London Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders:
Live in London

(FMR -- UK )

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Two extended examples of free improvisation from UK stalwarts, tenor saxophonist Paul Dunmall, bassist John Edwards, and drummer Mark Sanders, joined by New York pianist Matthew Shipp, all captured live at Cafe Oto in 2010; set one is an unflagging example of energetic collective improv, set two more introspective yet vital and demanding; a superb concert!

Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson): Live at Elastic Arts Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson):
Live at Elastic Arts

(FMR -- UK )

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Tipple, the trio of Frode Gjerstad on alto sax and clarinet, Kevin Norton on percussion, and David Watson on electric guitar, are captured live for an energetic and masterly concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois in 2015, four "Elastic" improvisations of intense interaction, from collective conversation to stunning solo statements; jaw dropping.

Rummel, Simon Ensemble: IM MEER Rummel, Simon Ensemble:
IM MEER

(Umlaut Records -- Germany )

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German composer and improviser Simon Rummel presents the 2nd release from his 11-piece Simon Rummel Ensemble, blending his interest in acoustic phenomena and improvisational harmonics in an extended work that shifts from beautiful tonal work to disruptive cacophony and back to melodic music, blending jazz and 20th century approaches; a great achievement.



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